In just a few weeks Walt Disney World will enter its busiest season of the year, with parks filling to capacity over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday periods. And while the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are well-prepared to deal with huge crowds, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still in pretty tough shape, after losing several attractions and entertainment options in 2015.
However, Disney doesn’t want guests to skip this park during 2015’s holiday season, and is actually devising a plan not only to get guests to put Disney’s Hollywood Studios back on their list, but to make it a priority even! Though these 5 confirmed new changes may not exactly be "E-Ticket" developments, they should help prop this park up while we all wait for the future to arrive!
1. New opening procedures
Though Disney’s Hollywood Studios started allowing guests into the park prior to opening in September, the morning rope drop procedure has now been expanded to allow guests further into the park. There will now be three ropes in place: one on Sunset Boulevard between Reel Vogue and Planet Hollywood, another between the Brown Derby and Center Stage and a third between Center Stage and Min and Bill's Dockside Diner.
Under this new opening procedure, guests visiting the park on non-Extra Magic Hours mornings will be allowed through the park gate at 8:30AM and then an official rope drop ceremony will take place at the above three locations at 8:45AM.
Though this extra time in the park may not sound like a big deal, this is a great way to draw early risers to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially those who want to beat the crowds to Toy Story Midway Mania, perhaps before heading to another park.
2. A new place to visit on Star Tours
When Star Tours: The Adventures Continues made its debut in 2011, one of the selling points of this new attraction was that Disney could eventually add new “destinations” to the roster of available places to visit. And even though it took a few years, starting next month Star Tours will finally be taking guests on a brand new adventure, unsurprisingly inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can check out a “teaser” clip from this new destination below:
Though part of what makes the current Star Tours experience so special is the random nature of the places you visit, during the month of December everyone who rides Star Tours will be able to experience the new adventure, with the ride going back to its random nature early next year.